Re: Is the 302 Windsor a good motor?
Ive done 60'000 km since i bought it and 110 000km by the owner before me i have no idea of the torture it must have been but can say that its been an extremely reliable motor. I drive it all week and theres not one day where i dont put my foot down...it goes through a heavy workout regime and the only problems Ive had are leaky timing cover and water pump gaskets, worn hoses and harmonic balancer...and yes if you read my other thread a recent oil pressure issue.. but other then that nothing. No oil consumption, no overheating and no black smoke.
As for performance i would say it takes a bit of work to get them movin, EB - EL V8s are the worst, with stock HO Manifold and E7 heads these are the most restrictive parts of the engine and are also the most expensive parts to replace the good news is theres a lot of aftermarket parts to choose from FMS, AFR, TFS, Edelbrock to name a few. In stock form i think you would be hard pressed to pull more than 150rwkw and a high 14 sec 1/4 mile.
AU models are much better though with smaller pulleys, no EGR, aluminuim rockers, explorer manifold standard through the range, port matched if its a series III XR8, GT40P heads and bigger cam.....the list goes on.
The only real gripe i have with the windsor is its a weak block for big horspower....and by that i mean 400+hp...but even then you can get an aftermarket block.
EXIT - 1998 EL XR8 Auto
ENTER - 2003 BA XR8 Auto
with Cat back exhaust
Power - 190rwkw
1/4 Mile - Coming Soon
I JUST MUNCHED A 14.2SEC TWIN TURBO SUPRA.....TWICE. GO THE BOSS.